Life Casting

  1. Life Casting: An Eye Opening Technique

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    You can immediately distinguish the talented life casting artist from the novice by a glance at the eyes. That is the eyes of the face or portrait casting. As even a beginning life casting artist can pull of a passable face casting with little to no experience. The face with its closed eyes is about as inspirational as a death mask. Such as the face castings made by European undertakers for their deceased clients in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were important memorials at the time, since photography had not yet taken hold. A plaster mold was made of the departed ‘s face and then a plaster or wax cast was made from the mold. Today the technique is more advanced in the use of skin safe products such as alginate and silicone, but sadly the results are most often the same. A duplicate of the face or head in an eyes-closed reposed position – leading th

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  2. Casting the Clothed Model

    David Parvin, sculptor, life casting artist, author and life casting instructor demonstrates how to life cast a clothed figure using alginate molding.

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  3. Life Casting Perfect Ears

    Life casting perfect ears tutorial: This video explains the two methods most frequently used to cast perfect since ears are very difficult to cast due to their delicateness. The first method is that used be special F/X artist and the second method which was developed by the late Dave Parvin is used successfully in life casting.

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  4. EnvironMolds Website – Redesigned and Upgraded

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    The EnvironMolds website has undergone a major overhaul and is back with a spanking new setup. The tabs make it easy to locate the right products you need even when you may not know what you actually need.

    Have you checked out the EnvironMolds website recently? The space has undergone a major revamp and the results are more than worth a dekko. The bright colors and large pictures draw the eye and will leave you craving to try a hand at making molds and casts.

    The upgrade has made the website easier to navigate. You can easily find the exact products you want – be it plastilina clay, alginate, silicone rubber or cold casting powders.

    On scrolling further you will find that the home page is conveniently split into two sections – Products and Applications. Artists who know

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  5. How to Best Use Prosthetic Grade Alginates in Life Casting

    Today's life casting alginates evolved from dental formulations known as dental impression material. In fact, the alginate definition is referred to as impression material in dentistry. However, alginates are also widely used in the medical field for dressings and wound care and also in the food industry as a food supplement.

    Alginate used in life casting and mold making is distinguished by slower setting times as compared to dental formulas. Most formulations consist of raw materials, known as sodium alginate or potassium alginate, which are refined from seaweed, specifically giant kelp. These materials are then combined with other ingredients to make a gel-like substance when mixed with water.

    Because alginate-based impression mate

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  6. Dave Parvin's Lifecasting Workshop

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    Dave Parvin called to announce  that his new life casting workshop is scheduled for the beginning of August. Dave teaches a number of methods to cast the entire human form from life including faces, hands and body.

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  7. Arlene Strom Joins ArtMolds Journal Magazine

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    Arlene Strom, the former senior category buyer for Blick Art Materials, the nationwide chain of art stores, joins the staff of ArtMolds Journal this month. 

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  8. Noting the Passing of the Sculpture Journal

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    I have been thinking about Jon David White lately. I suppose it is because I have been working on the ArtMolds Journal. Jon was the pubiisher of the Art Casting Journal which morphed into the Sculpture Journal. So in a sense we are kindred spirits.

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  9. Ancient Roman Casting Materials Proved Superior

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    The chemical secrets of a concrete Roman breakwater that has spent the last 2,000 years submerged in the Mediterranean Sea have been uncovered by an international team of researchers led by Paulo Monteiro of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California,

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  10. Getting Inspiration from Your Model

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    I read a posting on one of Likedin’s great art groups yesterday something like, “I have lost my inspiration. . .” I thought to myself as I read the posting that the comment really could be translated as, “I have no ideas left inside for new art.”

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